About Red Herring


Red Herring Productions is dedicated to creating theatrical works that are profound, provocative, and professional. We strive to bring works to the stage that engage and entertain audiences in the hope of making the world a more empathetic place in which to live. 


From 1993 – 2008, Red Herring Theatre Company and Red Herring Theatre Ensemble built a reputation for bringing profound, provocative, and professional theatrical experiences to Columbus audiences. Red Herring Productions is a wholly new company and a new generation of Red Herring Theatre dedicated to the same ideals, re-launched and re-envisioned after nearly a decade of discussions between former Red Herring Theatre Company Artistic and Managing Directors Michael Herring and John Dranschak.

Red Herring Productions produces theatrical pieces that we feel passionately about, find creatively stimulating, and believe that Columbus audiences deserve and wouldn’t otherwise get a chance to see.  Since our re-launch in 2013, Red Herring has been bringing such work to the people of Central Ohio.

Principal Biographies


Michael Garrett Herring

Artistic Director

After moving to Chicago in 2003, Herring earned a Masters in Media Management Administration at Columbia College Chicago. While earning his degree he worked in the development department at The Art Institute of Chicago and in the Goodman Theatre box office. “I saw both best and worst practices” said Herring. “Most importantly I learned that large arts organizations have the same challenges as small arts organizations. Scale is the only difference”.  His Chicago experiences coupled with his practical experience has given Herring a completely different skill set that he hopes to leverage in support of Red Herring Producti